Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Novemeber Events

Jared and his prize turkey! I let Christian play in the snow when it snowed one day. Can you tell he LOVED it?

Had to get a picture of this. ")
Amish country, playing in a fun wooden train!

Christian & Brinley
Feeding a lama. I showed Christian it's teeth and he kept saying, "teeth, teeth."He was very concerned that the animal had such big teeth!

Us at the Liberty Bell.


I sware we took 50 pictures of these two and we couldn't get them both to look in even one picture!

Outside the chocolate factory in Hershey Pennsylvania

At the hotel in Ashevill, NC. Not sure who is more excited? Jared or Christian?
We hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving! As for us, we had an unusually eventful one this year. Jared was asked to speak at a finance conference in Ashville, NC on the Friday before Thanksgiving. They offered to pay him a little money to help with his travel expenses. We decided it would be fun to take the trip as a family and continue on to Philadelphia, where Jared's sister lives. He also wanted to visit a part of his mission in Hartford, CT. The trip was filled with driving, more driving, movies, more movies, and a lot of good food and warm memories.

While Jared was at his conference, Christian and I somehow found our way back to the area our hotel was at. We found a park and played, (notice the pictures of Christian playing in the leaves)
ate lunch at a Mexican restaurant with amazing tortilla chips and salsa, walked through the expensive shops in town, and took a nap back at the hotel. That night, when Jared was back from his conference, we ate a delicious meal together and then packed up for the rest of our long journey.
We arrived in Philadelphia on Saturday, and took a quick tour of the Pennsylvania Hershey chocolate factory. Which was fun. Later that evening we made it to Jenna and Greg's apartment, where we spent about 4 days with them. During our stay we made it into the city where we ate Philly cheese steaks, saw the Liberty Bell, drove through Amish country and bought yummy jams and saw Amish people in their buggies, had a delicious Thanksgiving feast fit for a family of 15, and let the Brinley and Christian play, play, and play! It was a fantastic Thanksgiving with the Carr family. Thanks so much for having us!
We were also fortunate to visit a close friend of Jared's, whom he had met on his mission in Connecticut. Father Crowley was very sweet, he took us to lunch and then back to his home where Jared and Father Crowley reminisced on the old days. This ended when Christian couldn't keep still enough anymore! Which wasn't long.
On our way back to Mississippi, we stopped in Alexandria, VA where my grandmother lives. It was very nice to spend time with her and my aunt and uncle.
We had a great trip across the country, Christian did great!
And I have to mention that I really appreciate that my husband drove most of the way! I love you babe. ")

Sunday, November 7, 2010

October Happenings

In the Parking lot of the church for the trunk-or-treat.
Trunk-or-treat activities inside the church...

At the Zoo Boo Christian was looking in at some farm animal...can't remember what it was.


I'm sad this turned out so fuzzy. This was Christian at the Zoo Boo in Memphis. I was trying to get a quick pic of him by the kitties. I think it freaked him out that their heads moved!


The pictures always upload out of order! This is Christian having a fit when I put the dragon head over his head on our way into the zoo. He's such a mild tempered child.


This is our little guy a couple weeks ago. Jared was letting him lay in bed with him while I was out for couple of nights, I think he was getting used to it. So the next night I'm home kneeling in his room for prayer and he runs away from me, into our room, gets in our bed and pulls the covers up all comfy cozy. Pretty funny little man.

My baby helping make jack-o-lantern sugar cookies for the trunk-or-treat. Yum!

This year Jared went out and bought our pumpkin. I was pretty impressed. I wasn't so "on the ball" with pumpkin carving this year. He carved a cat on our pumpkin, free handed! It turned out really well.

Our little boy scraping out the guts.

I took Christian and little Jet (Who I babysit every day) to a pumpkin patch at a little church in town. Notice he is wearing no shoes. The little poop wouldn't put shoes on and screamed when I tried putting them on. So, he went without. :)


He was pretty excited about the "baby" pumpkins.

Getting ready for the Trunk-or-treat

He was NOT happy about the dragon head going over his head.


First off, the reason for the lack of good pictures of Christian, is that he is a stubborn little toddler and didn't like being in a costume. He was super cute as a dragon though, I have to say.
Despite not having many pictures this year, we had a fun Halloween.
We wished that they would have switched Halloween to Saturday so we could have trick-or-treated in our neighborhood this year, but due to an Ole Miss vs. Auburn football game that was on Saturday, they kept it on Sunday. Football is a really big deal in the South.

Fortunately we had a couple of chances to enjoy some of the festivities this year!
We took Christian Trunk or Treating at the Church activity last Wednesday night. He loved carrying around his little pumpkin, he wouldn't let the thing out if his sight.
Then Saturday night I took Christian to the Memphis Zoo Boo. He loved it! He really got the hang of saying "trick-or-treat." It didn't take him long to figure out that that was all he had to do to get the candy in the bag. He screamed every time I tried to take his pumpkin away. He kept on eating all the candy! He is a treat-o-holic, like his mother. I have no doubt he would have eaten it all if I'd let him. Jared didn't make it because he got a ticket to the football game. We missed him but were glad he got to have a fun night out.

Jared was trying to catch Christian doing a little dance with the Frankenstein doll.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Atlanta




















































Last weekend we decided to take a whirlwind trip to Atlanta. After Jared's comprehensive exams last month we needed to have some fun. And it was fun!
We rode the train through the city to get places, and Christian did really well. Jared carried Christian around in the REI backpack we have, and he loved it.
The night we got there we had dinner at a yummy taco place (Taqueria Del Sol) where we stood in line for about an hour. Luckily it started to rain, this kept Christian occupied. Just afterward we went to the Brave's game. At the game we bought Christian a frozen lemonade and that kept him happy for the first hour...We left early but were still able to enjoy it.
The next day we rose (is that right?) early and ate a breakfast of champions at The Original pancake House. Those who know me best know breakfast is my favorite meal...pictures of the delicious meal to follow...
We finished the day with a trip to the Atlanta Aquarium. Funny story...Christian was standing in front of the glass window, admiring the penguins that swam by, when a little boy his age walked over to him and pinched him really hard on the cheek! He wouldn't let go. It took me a minute to realize what was going on. Jared and I had to laugh because 1.)the paren'ts of the little boy were horrified and 2.)Christian just stood there frozen with his hand on his cheek. Every day since he brings it up by saying, "Mommy, pinch," and pinches his cheek like the little boy did. Ha-ha!
Before we started the drive back to Oxford, lunch followed at a hotdog place called "Varsity." It leaves a lasting impression on one because they holler at you, "What'll ya have?"- When you order.
What a great trip!










































































































Monday, August 23, 2010

Caterpillar's at the Park







Christian gets very excited about bugs. We happened upon a whole bunch of fuzzy caterpillars last Friday and well...forget the park! He didn't even touch the swings.
We ended up leaving not too soon after the discovery of the caterpillars, because he was in hysterics from a little girl wouldn't share her stale Cheetos's with him. (It was time for lunch!) The girl's mom didn't make her share with him, (my bad, forgot the snack.) Which I don't understand. I would have made Christian share. But then, I guess that's not teaching how to share? I have a lot to learn about being a mom...